• Jacqlyne Mba-Jonas

Countries Open to Travel from Americans

Updated: 2 days ago

After months of limited mobility and being primarily stuck at home or on U.S. soil due to COVID-19, many U.S. travelers are craving being out and about in the world again. While many of us have settled for nearby road trips, some are looking towards vacations abroad, especially as the holidays and new year are approaching.


So where can you travel to right now as an American citizen or permanent resident? Understandably so, a lot of countries are not open to Americans at this time due to how we've managed the pandemic. The situation with COVID-19 is ongoing and can change at anytime. As it changes for the better, more countries will become open to travel from Americans.


Several countries are open with restrictions, while a handful have no restrictions whatsoever on American travelers. While a country may be open for travel, it is your responsibility to determine if it is advisable and safe enough for you to visit. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US State Department provide COVID-19 risk assessments by country. Countries are categorized into five levels:

  • Level 3: COVID-19 Risk Is High - Do not Travel

  • Level 2: COVID-19 Risk Is Moderate - Exercise Increased Caution

  • Level 1: COVID-19 Risk Is Low - Exercise Normal Precautions

  • No Travel Health Notice: COVID-19 Risk is Very Low

  • Level 3: No Data Available-COVID-19 Risk is Unknown

It is advisable that you follow these recommendations when choosing to travel abroad during this time. As of October 1st 2020, below is an extensive list of countries (in alphabetical order) you can visit as a U.S. traveler.


Albania - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Albania has no restrictions on US travelers, and there are no negative COVID-19 test requirements. Enhanced screening and quarantine measures should be expected. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. The same can be said for every other country on this list.




Antigua and Barbuda - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers arriving by air must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) test taken within seven days of arrival at the airport. This rule also applies to transiting passengers. Travelers also need to complete a Health Declaration Form. Additional health screenings (including COVID-19 tests if necessary) and quarantine measures can be expected.



Armenia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers will need to complete a health questionnaire and take a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival or face mandatory quarantine for 14 days. Traveler who get tested must remain under quarantine until they receive a negative result.







Aruba - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers are required to complete an online immigration (ED) card prior to travel and purchase mandatory COVID-19 health insurance. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival is required for entry and must be uploaded to the online ED card prior to travel. Travelers from certain U.S. states will be required to undergo additional testing.



The Bahamas - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers are required to complete an electronic health visa prior to travel. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days prior to travel must be uploaded to the health visa portal and presented upon arrival. Even with a negative test result, hotel guests must vacation in place for 14 days or the duration of their trip, whichever is shorter. Plans are in being made by the government to replace the mandatory quarantine with a rapid test upon arrival from November 1st.



Bangladesh - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel must be presented upon entry. Similar to The Bahamas, a 14 day quarantine is required even with negative test results.







Barbados - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

All travelers must complete an online Immigration/Customs Form 24 hours prior to travel. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel must be presented upon entry. Persons from High-Risk countries (the U.S. included) with a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result must quarantine for 14 days with an option to take a second COVID-19 PCR test between 5-7 days of submitting the entry test. If the second test is negative, travelers will be released from quarantine early.



Belarus - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers face no restrictions for entry into Belarus. COVID-19 tests are not required, but enhanced health screenings at the airport should be expected.









Bermuda - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel must be presented upon entry. Prior to travel, travelers must also complete a Traveler Authorization Form online and pay a $75 fee which includes the cost of a second PCR COVID-19 test required after entry into Bermuda. Travelers are required to quarantine until results of the second tests are ready. Even if a person is released from quarantine based on the second test results, additional tests are required on day 4, day 8, and day 14 of stay.



Bosnia & Herzegovina - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel must be presented upon entry.








Brazil - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travel to Brazil is open to U.S. visitors as long as proof of health insurance that is valid in Brazil and covers the entire stay is shown upon entry. No COVID-19 test is required.







Cambodia - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precaution

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel must be presented upon entry. A $2,000 deposit must be paid upon arrival at airports for additional mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services. Travelers must quarantine in official facilities/designated hotels while awaiting test results. If the second test is negative, the deposit will be returned minus $165 to cover the cost of the test. In the event one or more travelers on an arriving vessel/flight test positive, all passengers must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a location designated by Cambodian authorities. Such a scenario will carry serious financial consequences, as anything costing more than the aforementioned deposit will be paid by the positive traveler in question.



Colombia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to travel must be presented upon entry.










Costa Rica - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Only U.S. travelers residing in 23 U.S. states are allowed entry into Costa Rica with a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel. U.S. visitors from these states must also complete a digital health pass and purchase travel insurance that covers accommodation in case of quarantine and medical expenses due to COVID-19. U.S. visitors must demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states. Starting November 1st, U.S. travelers from all states will be allowed entry.



Croatia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to travel is required for entry.








Curaçao - Level 3 Reconsider Travel

Starting the first week in November, residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut can travel to the Dutch Island of Curaçao. U.S. visitors must demonstrate, via a valid driver’s license or State ID card, that they live in one of the authorized states. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. An immigration card must be completed online. Traveler's must also upload their negative results to the portal and fill out a passenger locator card online within 48 hours of departure.


Dominica - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. An electronic Immigration and Customs Form must also be completed online 24 hours before traveling.








Dominican Republic - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 test is not needed for entry into the DR. DR border patrol will randomly give breath tests to at most 10% of passengers plus anyone showing symptoms of the virus.








Ecuador - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 10 days prior to travel is required for entry. If a traveler attempts to enter without a test, a test will be given at their expense and they will undergo mandatory quarantine until negative test results are obtained.





Egypt - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Health insurance for the duration of stay is also mandatory.








Ethiopia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. In addition, a mandatory 14 day quarantine must be observed.






French Polynesia (Tahiti & Bora Bora) - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Travelers will be required to test again, 4 days after arrival.






Ghana - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. A second COVID-19 test must be taken upon arrival at the cost of the traveler for $150. The fee for the second test must be paid online. Proof of payment must be shown to the airline prior to boarding.



Grenada - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 7 days prior to travel is required for entry. Travelers must stay a minimum of 4 days at an approved hotel for quarantine. A second COVID test must be taken to be allowed. If negative, the traveler is allowed to leave quarantine. More details on their requirements can be found here.



Guatemala - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Additional health screenings at the airport should be expected.






Haiti - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers must self-declare their COVID-19 status by completing a Health Declaration Form provided on incoming flights. Passengers are required to complete this form, including accurate contact and location information in Haiti, and present it to immigration authorities upon arrival. A 14 day quarantine is still required and travelers should expect check-ins from the Ministry of Public Health three times after arrival in Haiti.



Honduras - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR and/or Rapid test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry.









Ireland - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A 14 day quarantine is required upon arrival. Travelers must also complete Passenger Locator Form to indicate where they will remain during the quarantine period.








Jamaica - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers must obtain travel authorization online prior to travel to Jamaica. Applications will only be accepted within the 2 to 5 day window before the date of intended travel to Jamaica. Upon approval, a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 10 days prior to travel must be uploaded online.



Kenya - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to travel is required for entry. A strict health screening must be undergone at the airport upon arrival.






The Maldives - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry.








Mexico - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Health screenings should be expected at the airport upon entry to Mexico. No COVID-19 tests are required at this time. Self-quarantine is also not a requirement unless a traveler is seen to be exhibiting systems of COVID when undergoing a health screening at the airport.





Montenegro - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test or positive antibody test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. In addition, travelers must not have visited or transited through countries that are not permitted to enter Montenegro within the previous 15 days.





Morocco - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travel is open to U.S travelers with reservations with Moroccan hotels or travel agencies and business people invited by Moroccan companies. A negative COVID-19 PCR (of less than 48 hours) and a serological test (can be outside 48 hours) is also required for entry.





Namibia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test or positive antibody test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. On day five the traveler must be available for a second COVID-19 test and must be reachable on day seven to receive the results. If the test is negative, the traveler is released from any surveillance. If the test is positive, the traveler will be taken to isolation facilities identified by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and treated at their own cost.



Nicaragua - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test or test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. No official quarantine policies have been imposed.








Nigeria - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to travel is required for entry and must be uploaded to an online travel portal prior to arrival. A Health Declaration and Contact Form must also be completed via the online portal. A PCR test can be paid for online or upon entry and administered to the traveler if a test cannot be taken prior to departure. Self-quarantine is required until negative test results are available.



Puerto Rico - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Travelers who fail to test prior to arrival will be tested on-site and required to quarantine until negative test results are available. Travelers who refuse testing will be required to quarantine for 14 days.




Rwanda - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. A second test is administered upon entry and travelers are required to self-quarantine at their own cost until negative test results are available (within no more than a day).





St. Bart’s - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Those staying longer than a week must pay $150 for another COVID-19 test that will be administered on their 8th day of stay.






St. Lucia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Travelers must also complete a Pre-Arrival Travel Registration Form to ensure efficient and expedited processing on arrival. Temperature checks and other health screening should be expected at the airport.





St. Maarten/St. Martin - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A mandatory health authorization application must be completed online prior to travel. A negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained from a naso-pharyngeal swab only within no more than 120 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Health insurance which spans the duration of stay is also a requirement for entry.



St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to travel is required for entry. Travelers will be retested for COVID-19 on arrival and must complete mandatory quarantine for five days in a Tourism Authority/Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment hotel for five nights at their cost. Travelers must be retested for COVID-19 between day four and day five of quarantine. Days nine to sixteen of quarantine in an must be continued at an approved home/hotel at the discretion of the Port Health Officer.



Serbia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

An online self-assessment test must be completed online prior to arrival to determine whether the traveler must report to a COVID-19 clinic upon arrival. If entering Serbia from North Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria or Romania, a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 HOURS prior to travel is required for entry.



South Korea - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A COVID-19 test is not needed, but a mandatory 14 day quarantine is to be observed by all travelers.








Tanzania - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers are required to fill out a Health Surveillance Form on any form of transport into the country and and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival. A negative COVID-19 test is only necessary if the country of departure or inbound airline requires it.





Turkey - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 test is not required for entry into Turkey. Travelers will be required to complete an information form and will be checked for symptoms. Anyone showing possible symptoms of COVID-19 will quarantined for examination and tested for the virus. If a person on a particular aircraft/vehicle/vessel is found to have COVID-19, all individuals who arrived with the person in question will be quarantined for 14 days.



Turks and Caicos - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to travel is required for entry. Test results must be submitted online along with a completed health questionnaire.






Ukraine - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers will need to download a health app before arrival, have proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their stay, take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival at an authorized lab, and quarantine for 12-48 hours while waiting on results.






United Arab Emirates - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers to the UAE must complete a Health Declaration Form before departure to confirm they have no coronavirus symptoms. A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to travel is required for entry. Medical travel insurance to cover any possible Covid-19 treatment is also required.




United Kingdom - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Travelers from the U.S. must quarantine for 14 days. Those who break quarantine can be fined up to £1,000 (or approximately US$1,270). No COVID-19 test is required.








US Virgin Islands - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

U.S. travelers coming from a state that has higher than a 10% infection rate must also upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than 5 days prior to travel to an online health screening system. Travelers who do not upload a test before arrival will face a mandatory 14 day quarantine.






Zambia - Level 3: Reconsider Travel

No COVID-19 test or self-quarantine is required. Additional health screenings at the airport should be expected.









I hope you've found the above information helpful for your travel plans. As a certified Independent Travel Agent, I can help you easily navigate the somewhat tricky waters of any upcoming trips you may have during this unusual time in our world, and ensure you don't skip over any requirements set forth by your intended destination. Reach out to me whenever you're ready for some expert guidance on your next adventure!

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